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Bandar Seri Begawan - Standard Chartered Bank, as part of its efforts to raise awareness on environment conservation within the community, yesterday presented three recycling bins to Maktab Dull Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah to support the school's recycling programme, at an event that took place at the college's VIP room.

Head of the Bank's Environment Committee, Eliza Abdullah, who is also the Bank's Head of Finance presented the recycling bins to the college principal Marina Chek Bujang in the presence of the college's teachers and students as well as officers from SCB.

The event began with a speech by Marina Chek Bujang, followed by a speech by Eliza Abdullah. Standard Chartered Bank also took the opportunity to present a short film entitled 'Creating a Climate for Change' to students of the college.

Read more: SCB Donates Recycling Bins to Conserve Environment

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Bandar Seri Begawan - The US government is keen to provide research and development assistance to Brunei in the areas of environmental protection, a report says.

"We are working to promote opportunities for cooperation in our research and development institutions," said US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M Campbell in an interview with Oxford Business Group's (OBG), which was published in The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2010, in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office. The report was launched on December 16.

Campbell was referring to areas that both governments could collaborate further apart from cooperation in health, agriculture, science, technology and education sectors.

Brunei and the US are members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, along with seven other countries, aimed at creating a platform for economic integration across the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: US Offers Brunei Support In Environmental Protection Efforts

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Bandar Seri Begawan - Developing nations, particularly those lying near the equator, will need to adapt to increasing higher temperatures as the impacts of climate change threaten their agricultural output, and in turn, food security.

A visiting professor from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) who spoke on the topic during the inaugural Farmers' and Fishermen's Day yesterday told The Brunei Times that such countries, the Sultanate among them, would need to look towards new technologies, even turning to genetically-modified crops, as well as ensuring free trade to overcome the effects of global warming on food security.

Read more: Climate Change Puts Food Security At Risk

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